“Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me…” July’s Bucket Fund






“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Although the above Statue of Liberty inscription was not written for the arrival of weary, homeless and forgotten horses, it totally fits for what I’m writing today…

One of my pet peeves is the forgotten horse.  You know the ones.  The old, the sick, the weary, the malcontent, the crippled…  Where do they go when their jobs are done?  We don’t want to think about that…  These horses are often dumped, sadly.

THE OLDER, ABANDONED HORSE

Having a few oldies but goodies around here, it especially pains me to think of them being left for no good.   Having been fine and wonderful companions for all of their lives and then to be cast asunder when they are no longer valuable for their work ability seems cold and heartless to me.

Who cares for these horses?  Who takes them in when their family has thrown them away?  Who is willing to tend to their special needs? Who?

Well, there are a few Equine Welfare Organizations that do…  I think they are wonderful.  So, today, I’m shining a light on one in particular,  THE GOLDEN CARROT.

THE GOLDEN CARROT

The Golden Carrot is a 501c3 Public Benefit Charity.  It is a forever home for older and manageable disabled horses.  They are not available for adoption.  But, as a sponsor, you can help these deserving old horses live a graceful retirement to the end.

How wonderful is that?

Right now, there are 35 horses at the Golden Carrot, all getting the love and support they need.   11 are NOT SPONSORED by anyone at all –nothing.  9 are partially sponsored. It would be great to help them out with all of these non-sponsored horses. I know how hard it is to feed my own herd; I cannot imagine feeding and caring for the ones that need special attention without the much needed financial help of sponsorship.  So, for the July Bucket Fund, HORSE AND MAN is collecting for The Golden Carrot.

I’d like to tell a few stories of some of these non-sponsored horses.  Maybe one of you readers would like to help in your own way.  You could go to the website and look at all of the 35 stories and sponsor a horse you especially like.  Or, you can make a one time donation.  Or, you could drop an amount into our Bucket Fund and watch it grow throughout the month.  In any event, just knowing about wonderful places like this makes me feel better about the geriatric horses.  And, I want to help.  The Bucket Fund takes any amount ($1 – infinity) and applies it to one consolidated donation at the end of the month.

(I cannot even think about how heartsick I would be if one of my old horses was to be left or forgotten…)

THE UNSPONSORED HORSES

Here is a list of all of the unsponsored horses, plus a little story about them.  Their much longer stories are written on their individual pages which I’ve linked to their names.  Please read about any and all of the horses at TGC.   But these few really need sponsors so I’m highlighting them here.

BUCK:  (28 yrs Tennessee Walking Horse)

Buck likes to give rides to little girls

Buck is a 17′ TWH that looks like a Fresian.  He was left without anyone to care for him because as an ex-show horse, he was a little high strung.  However, after years of settling, this champ has decided that his favorite thing is to give little girls rides on his back.  Buck adores kids!

Buck also adores Hava.  Well, adored Hava.  She died recently and he has no buddy yet.  Now, more than ever, Buck needs the attention from volunteers, the girl scouts that come by and ride him, and from a sponsor.  He needs a helping hand…

HAPPY:  (ancient Appendix QH)

Very old and ancient Happy is very happy...

No one knows how old he is because his teeth are so far protruded and worn… he could be ancient.  And although his tongue hangs out and he drools, the boy is very happy!  Happy is self-possessed and spends his time exploring all the areas of the Golden Carrot’s horse areas. He hangs with the other geldings, saying Hi and introduces himself. He was deeply in love with Star, and keeping up with that young mare kept him young!

However, as time went on, Star became enamored of Swing’s Lew and left Happy – to his obvious distress.  However, he’s now dividing his time between Sara and Duke, his stall mates, and seems to be doing fine.

STAR:   (7 yrs OTTB – tattoo)

Beautiful, young star was dumped...

Star is the young miss…  She was abandoned at an Animal Shelter for over a year.   As far as TGC can surmise, she is sound, has no injuries, is very willing, broke to ride and very sweet.  This is the one horse that could possibly be adopted out to the right home.  But, many of the older horses love her so we will see…

Star and Song are very bonded.  The girls are always together.  It is as if Song is the mother Star always wanted…

SONG:  (23 yrs, Arab x Welsh pony)  Song was abandoned because her family

Song, the pony with lots of motor!

was done with her.  She has no real ailments other than old age.  This girl is trained really well.  Put a saddle on her and she is good to go!  Song is a little work pony and takes the kids for rides around the ranch.  She is little but a powerhouse.  She and Star are best buds.

Song has no sponsors.  Doesn’t she have a great face?

SURELY:

Surely's faboo moustache!

(16 yrs QH)  Surely was left by her family to end up in a feedlot in Nevada.  She was terrified.  By the time she was rescued and brought to TGC, Surely was a wreck.  Within 10 days, she was down with an intense amount of severe, stress related ailments.  The worst being  respiratory problems and drylands distemper.  You should see the horrible ailment photos on her page.  Eek.  She was perfectly healthy until she went through the feedlot trauma.  So sad…

But, she survived.  And, she is a good girl with lots of love.  What I think is great is her one-sided moustache.  She doesn’t care and I think it is endearing.  This lovely girl needs a sponsor.
PEANUT:  (24 yr Appy)

Peanut, gorgeous Appy with ringbone

This mare is gorgeous and very fit for her age… She has ringbone and very sensitive skin.  But, she loves to take easy trailrides with the little girl scouts that come around.  Peanut is sweet and easy!

Peanut was adopted by Anna (horse) and her swain Dion.  The three were very happy, until August of 2009 when Anna passed away.  Dion is still attached to Peanut, who could care less!  Lucifer wants to be her man, but he simply can’t keep up with her, so Peanut stands alone ……   Peanut needs a sponsor.

SHAWNEE:

Poor Shawnee, her friends keep leaving.

(25 yr TB mare)  Shawnee has a sad story.  She was very argumentative and hard to be around…  So, she was dumped.  After much work, the folks at TGC are now able to use her for lessons!  She will walk, trot and canter around the ring like the best of them!

Shawnee is still argumentative in the herd.  She will fight with the mares.  However, she loved Domino.  When Domino died, Shawnee began to follow Josh (horse)  around and Josh adopted her.  Then Josh died.  Oy.  Her life is tough… her buddies keep leaving her…  But now Shawnee has Beau and things are good.  This girl needs a sponsor.
DEBBIE (26 yr QH)  Debbie came into the sanctuary with her three goat buddies, Arnold, Jamie Lee and Angie.
It seemed that Debbie’s whole left side was not working correctly.  Trauma?  After extensive work on her, Debbie seems to get around just fine.  She is a very sweet girl.
Sadly, one of her goat friends died.  So, now Debbie spends her time with Mary another horse.
THIS JUST IN…
OK, if you have any question about the level of love shown to these horses by TGC, please read this… They lost one of their loved ones on Monday and here is the very moving tribute.  I’m crying right now… He was very loved in his last 15 months…  Read here.
DONATIONS

Thank you for sharing this with me!  Please go to the website and look at all of the older horses in need.  If you’d like to help, please Click on the Bucket Fund and we’ll collect any amount you give and add it to all the donations for our July Horse And Man Group donation to THE GOLDEN CARROT.


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Ad Browsing… Come Along!


Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Filed under Handy Tips




Yes, I am actually one of those people who reads the ads in horsey magazines. Yup, I go on a ripping and tearing frenzy with pieces of paper and snippets of articles all over the place! Once I have all the ads marked or ripped out, I make a neat stack and start researching.   I have my Yes, Maybe and No piles.  Well, I did that today and I thought I’d bring you along…

As an aside, here is a photo of my husband’s cat, Sirdar. He was my research assistant today as long as I didn’t bother him too much.  At one point, he had pages scattered all around his sleeping body, but then he got upset with me and moved. You can see that he is still a bit peeved in this photo.

OK, anyway, back to my research..

PONY PALS
I loved this idea so much and I don’t even have kids!!  But, I can remember being a little girl who would have swooned over a bike like this.

I grew up in San Francisco and there was no way my Dad was going to buy me a horse. But, we all had bikes!   So, this would have been perfect.

I think this is a very darling and wonderful way to satisfy the “I want a pony”.  How cool would this be for your horse crazy child or friend?!

I also love the descriptions:
The mane on the Pony Pals pony bike is made of synthetic hair and can be groomed and washed (see care instructions in the Owner’s Manual).
The saddle seat can be raised or lowered 4 1/2″. The handlebar height is also adjustable.
The tail is designed to “bob” up and down (much like an Arabian horse’s tail) when the pony bike is ridden.

How adorable.

Here is the website.   I just love how the saddle (seat) is made by an English saddle maker and the face of the horse was created by a sculptor.  I  love the attention to detail.  What a great idea!

NUZZLE PERFUME

I don’t know what to think about his one… It is advertised as, “An Unspoken Companionship”.  ?  The ad photo has a crystal emblazoned horse shoe plus hearts in a pink bottle.  Is this for me or the horse? Or both or what?  I had to check it out.

Once on the website, I still wasn’t sure if this was perfume made from the fragrance of horses, a perfume horses would like or a perfume for people who like horses.  You can imagine where my mind was going with this one…

Finally, a few tabs in, I figured out that it is a perfume for people who like horses.  The fragrance is described as:  “Nuzzle perfume knows how particular you are. Ribbons of lush Fruity Plum, BlackCurrant, and SweetPineapple are highlighted with touches of juicy Orange and Lime. These essences evoke feelings of freedom, and elation.”

Hmmmm, sounds pretty good.  I’d like feelings of freedom and elation on a daily basis.  Maybe I need to get me some o’ that NUZZLE…  I wish it came with the scratch and sniff testers that you get in Vogue or Vanity Fair magazines.  I’m afraid to spend the money just in case no one likes it but my horses.  And, judging by the scent notes, I’m pretty sure all of my horses would try to eat my neck if I had this applied.  I wonder if I’d get attacked by flying insects…

Anyway, the best part about this product, so far without experiencing it, is that they give a percentage of their sales to Habitat for Horses.  That’s nice.

Anyway, let me know if you have it and if you like it!  I’m very curious.

HORSEY SHADES

I saw this in HORSE AND RIDER magazine.  It seemed like a all the other fly masks… but then I looked closer and thought that maybe it could work just a wee bit better.

The idea is that the material used for this fly mask has super UV fighters.  So, your lighter colored horse would benefit from wearing this on his pink  skin or white patches.

To me, usually the white patches are down on the nose.  So, I liked that the nose on the mask is long.  And, I am guessing that blue-eyed horses (or any horse) could really benefit.  They say it blocks 90% of the UV rays.  That made me wonder what other fly masks block…  I checked my favorite fly mask and it blocks 70%.  Hmmmmm.

The other cool thing is that this company gives the buyer a year guarantee on the sheer weave material.  They say it is so well constructed, it will last!  It is kinda spendy, so it better.

I know that horses with really light colored eyes and muzzles suffer with sunburn and eye cancers.  So, I think their owners might like to know about this product.  (I love how the horse’s mane is blowing in the ad…)

PEGASUS PAPER

I think I ripped this out of Cowboys and Indians magazine.  Truth to tell, the ad was so pretty, I thought it was for furniture.  I was kinda shocked to see that it was for paper.  Well, not really paper, but paper products.

This would be great at Xmas!  Or, great to have around if you go to a lot of horsey parties.  The bags, paper, wrapping paper, tissue, etc are all very elegant and not that expensive.  I was surprised.  Maybe you could paper your horses’ stalls with it.  Dunno.  I just thought it was very fun!

DONNA HOWELL SICKLES

I greatly appreciate original art.  But, I cannot always afford it.

And, I also think that original styling in art should be spread around as often as possible.

Well, when I saw the ad for Donna Howell Sickles, I figured it would be original art that I would love but couldn’t afford.  Yup… except this had a twist.  On the website, there was a “gift” tab.  So, I clicked it.

Yahoo!!!  OMG!  I love it when artists put their wonderful images on things I can afford.  And if those things I can afford are actually thing I want, well Howdy Doody!  (I have enough caps and T-shirts for my entire life.)   There were several items I wanted…

First, I scrolled down to see scarves.  I’m a scarf person.  I wear them all winter and sometimes through Spring.  Donna has really fun designs that are totally affordable. Score!  I was starting to get hopeful…

Next, I saw platters!  Yay!  We have people over as often as they’ll come and we love to serve with colorful and unusual platters.  These were really fun!  Of course, she has mugs, but I liked the images since they were her design and I hadn’t seen them before.

Last, I saw cards.  I love cards.  I love to give them and I love to receive them.  So, not only were these designs unusual, but she also had a set with inscriptions.  Here are the inscriptions:

Box of Cards?$15.00?3 each of 4 images
1. “Red River Rider”?This cowgirl is every one of us on our best days. Confident and happy, the reins of life grasped firmly in her hand, her broad smile says it all. The Chinese characters for “water” are on her saddle blanket and tell us that, for now, life is fluid. The ride today is so smooth – the sky clear and cloudless and the red horse of life so under control – that staying the course, symbolized by her faithful dog, is no problem.
2. “Bedtime Stories”?Stretched out under a starry sky with the fish above her, symbolizing the feminine, the cowgirl reads from the bear’s book of wisdom with its paw print on the cover. The bear is a guardian animal of healing and the maternal but its outstretched claws remind us that it is fierce and wild too.   Lying on the checkerboard blanket – an emblem of balance – the cowgirl learns there is a place in life for both strength and softness of heart.
3. “Five Gray Mares”?The laughing cowgirl is in her element, surrounded by faithful companions. She reaches out to the horse in the center with one hand, while her other spells out the word for “joy” in American Sign Language – a reminder that the simplest pleasures in life are often best.
4. “Strings Attached”?When the bull kicks his heels high and sends the cowgirl and her hat flying, she’s hurtled from the present into the unknown future.  While the big smile on her face tells us she’s enjoying the ride, the striding cowgirl on the right – the reins of life in her hand – reminds us that the future is always informed by the past.  Where we’re going next always includes where we’ve been.

Single note cards are available for $2.00 each when included with another purchase.  Captions by Peg Streep

So, there you have it… The ads that caught my eye this week.  I hope I’ve helped you in some way!

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